Although a classic, it takes some know-how to get it spot on. Some like it hot, some want it to burn your taste buds away and some want to sip on it for enjoyment. These bars compiled have managed to nail both the healing properties and tastiness required for that perfect Bloody Mary.
Many a Sunday have we all awoken bereft and weary, head pounding and eyes streaming, wishing we’d put down that last seven or so tequilas. Call me old fashioned, but nothing can cure a hangover quite as well as sweating it out entirely in the form of a good old Bloody Mary.
Luckily for those who champion the drink for an acquired taste, Manchester doesn’t half fashion a bloody good one…
Trof boasts a fiery number topped with a cucumber garnish, ticking all the right boxes and quenching your undoubted thirst. Although on the pricey side, it’s well worth every penny spent to adhere to your demonic weekend headache. From the glass it comes in to the laid back atmosphere, Trof is up there as a perfect setting to enjoy a Bloody Mary.
Trof NQ, 8 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU
0161 833 3197
Now, this Mexican cantina in the Northern Quarter value their Bloody Mary’s so much, they serve two variations – the classic and a Bloody Maria, served with tequila and lime instead of vodka and lemon. The latter can be deliciously enjoyed on a night out, I personally wouldn’t attempt to heal a sore head with it, but it’s a firm kick in the teeth of the classic. Bloody Marys and Marias alike can be enjoyed all through the week at El Capo, but also worth a try is their Sunday Service extravaganza; consisting of burritos, quesadilla, nachos, wings and sides and a Bloody Mary all for £14.
El Capo, 12 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF
0161 237 3154
The Koffee Pot
Champions of the humble breakfast, The Koffee Pot have mastered the art of serving up fried bacon, sausages and the perfect eggs to the great hungover masses of the Northern Quarter. Not only this but they also offer a truly wondrous Bloody Mary to go with your fry-up for only £4.50.
The Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
0161 236 8918
Red’s True BBQ
The Bloody Mary you will find at Red’s True BBQ is exactly what you’d expect from them – spicy, strong and with plenty of BBQ flavours. They put their Devil Wing sauce in there and finish it off with their own beef rub on the rim to create a drink that goes perfect with their meat and will sort your hangover out in no time.
Red’s True Barbecue, 22 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5WA
0161 402 0142
For a no-frills, authentic recipe that doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a bloody good spicy tomato juice – head to Gorilla and it won’t even break the bank at just £5 on Sunday. A wonderful accompaniment to Gorilla’s mouth-watering Sunday dinner – your hangover will be gone in one fell swoop.
Gorilla, 54-56 Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW
0161 826 2998
Located in both Chorlton and on First Street, The Laundrette value the classic Bloody Mary so much that they have a whole side of their menu devoted to the drink, with some refreshing variations on the typical recipe. There’s the ‘Bloody Beet This’ with Portobello Road Gin and Beetroot juice, or a bit of Mexican with the ‘Avocado Maria’ containing Tequila, avocado and coriander!
13 Jack Rosenthal Street, Manchester M15 4FN
32 Beech Rd, Manchester M21 9EL
Speaking of a bloody good Sunday, all-day long at Rosylee you can enjoy a good rustic Bloody Mary anyway which way you see fit for only a fiver. To round off your weekend, either drink yourself into good health or enjoy it with some hearty pub classics. There’s also always the option to start a boozy weekend with their Bottom’s Up Brunch, including, you guessed it, limitless Bloody Marys!
Rosylee, 11 Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DB
0161 228 6629